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Sports News of Thursday, 5 September 2019


Ghana U23 coach Ibrahim Tanko delighted with players' work-rate in training ahead of Algeria clash

Ghana U23 coach Ibrahim Tanko Ghana U23 coach Ibrahim Tanko

Ghana U23 coach Ibrahim Tanko says the select band of players in camp have shown a lot of positives in training ahead of Friday's 2019 CAF U23 Cup of Nations final round qualifier against Algeria.

The former Cameroon assistant coach had the full compliment of squad-including 13 foreign-based players-training on Wednesday at the Accra Sports Stadium, venue for the match.

Tanko will be counting on his foreign legion to boost his squad for a convincing first-leg win ahead of the return leg on 9 September, 2019.

''[It's a] Very good feeling that we have all the players that we have invited and you could see that the training is very hot-everybody is fighting for position so it's a very good feeling,'' Tanko told Kwese TV.

''The local ones we started with, you could see there's no difference with the foreign-based players and the foreign based they came with their fitness because the league just started in Europe.

''So I'm very happy to see the home-based players we started with competing with them [foreign-based] at the same level.''

Black Meteors players in camp:

Goalkeepers: Richmond Ayi and Kwame Baah

Defenders: William Denkyi, Habib Mohammed, Gideon Mensah, Nicholas Opoku, Edward Sarpong, Kingsley Fobi, Fuseini Zakaria, Emmanuel Cudjoe, William Denkyi

Midfielders: Isaac Twum, Braima Forster, Michael Agbekornu, Oman Bukari, Joseph Paintsil, Nurudeen Abdul Aziz, Majeed Ashmeru,Yaw Yeboah.

Strikers: Bernard Tekpetey, Bismark Ngissah,Dauda Mohammed, Joel Fameyeh.